IF you’ve heard of Western Minimalism or Japanese KonMari, you know that these are principles that promote happiness through living with fewer possessions and eliminating clutter. These intentional -lifestyles allow only items that make you happy and are useful to live in your home. By eliminating clutter, or things that don’t bring you joy, you’ll experience less stress and have more time and money to spend.
The applications of “less is more” to home ownership and home selling are obvious. With less clutter, your home will be cozier, easier to navigate, show better to homebuyers, easier to keep straight, and easier to pack up when you sell.
The most disorganized areas in your home are typically closets, countertops and drawers. Here are a few tips to make decluttering faster and easier:
Start small, one closet or drawer at a time.
Assign a specific place for every item in the appropriate room.
Organize so that you can see at a glance what is available in every storage space, from kitchen cabinets to dresser drawers.
Fold sweaters and socks vertically so you can see every item.
Use marked containers for small, miscellaneous or boxed items.
Keep only beautiful, favorite or currently useful items.
Don’t let guilt force you to keep anything you don’t want, such as gifts or expensive items you don’t like. Instead, offer these items to people you know or donate them.
Remove donations and discards from the house the same day.
A good real estate agent will sell your home, but a GREAT REALTOR® will guide you through the process of preparing your home for a quicker sale, maximizing the aesthetic and visual values and increasing your opportunities for achieving the best possible price in the least amount of time.
To learn how I can achieve this with you, please contact me for an informal no-pressure meeting over a coffee or tea, (on me!).
Nika Arast has called the Dallas area home for more than 20 years. Although she’s a Texan at heart now, she spent her early life abroad, Persian originally and growing up in Germany until her family settled in Dallas when she was in high school. She graduated with a degree in marketing and sociology from SMU and spent 10 years in the advertising field, including a year spent working in New York City.
Nika’s passion for helping others – and her desire to start a family in her adopted hometown of Dallas – soon led her into real estate. She has been in real estate for more than 10 years, and her family has more than 30 years’ experience in commercial real estate. She is dedicated to helping her clients at ev ery stage of the real estate process, from buying or building their dream home to getting the best offer when it’s time to sell.
When she’s not helping her clients or spending time with her husband and their two sons, Nika enjoys working on her 501c3 nonprofit organization, Heart of Autism, which helps North Texas children and families on the autism spectrum. She has been featured many times for her philanthropy work in her community and has been recognized for the deep foundations she has set. Nika is also always up for a round of backgammon or ping pong, so bring your A game! When you are ready to buy, build, sell or lease, Nika@RogersHealy.com.